The World's Leading Global Restaurant Industry Consultancy

Aaron Allen & Associates advises many of the largest and most successful foodservice and hospitality companies globally with an unparalleled breadth and depth of experience across categories, cuisines, geographies, functional areas, ownership types, service styles, operating platforms, and phases of the business lifecycle.

We work with executive leadership of emerging and established restaurant chains, private equity firms, and institutional investors to help them drive growth, optimize performance, and maximize enterprise value.

Global. Holistic. Integrated.

As a strategy-focused, top line-oriented organization we have helped clients






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One of the world’s most sought-after and quoted restaurant industry authorities.

Restaurant Consultant, Expert, and Speaker

Our founder and chief strategist, Aaron Allen, literally grew up in his family’s seafood restaurant, and he counts himself lucky that he always knew what he wanted to do with his life and that his passion and profession are one and the same.

He has served as a CEO confidant and senior advisor to industry leaders with tens of thousands of locations and millions of managers and employees in their downstream influence. In total, he and his team have represented more than half of the largest 400 chains, and Aaron has personally led boots-on-the-ground assignments in 70 countries for clients ranging from start-ups to multinational companies posting more than $37 billion in annual sales.

foodservice industry in the middle east

The new normal in the GCC is unsettling. Collectively holding their breath through the hardships that have beset regional operators beginning in Q4-2015, stakeholders and shareholders alike are growing ever

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restaurant strategic planning

Many restaurant executive teams are still planning with post-it notes and ballpoint pens while their competitors are harnessing theories, tools, and techniques that sound like science fiction — big data,

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Casual Dining Restaurant Chains Entering Dangerous Waters

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MENA restaurant industry

As one of the fastest-growing foodservice markets in the world, the Middle East has been a region of opportunity for many restaurant chains — both for companies based locally and

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restaurants looking to expand

While we often say it’s easier to ride a wild stallion (in this case a fast-growing restaurant chain) than drag a dead horse (one that’s not growing at all) —

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Increasingly, we’re seeing companies that are looking to provide food via convenient and affordable formats that have attractive unit economics or are more relevant to emerging consumer trends — bringing

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restaurant innovation

It’s a fascinating time for restaurants around the world. The $3.1 trillion global industry is relatively predictable in terms of growth (it mirrors that of population and inflation), but what

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